Desquamative Gingivitis

"Desquamative gingivitis" is a term used to describe a clinical reaction pattern that may be seen in a number of disease processes. It refers to a clinical condition in which the gingiva exhibits atrophy, erosion, and ulceration and possibly a positive Nikolsky sign (27,28). The term is used in a nonspecific manner, as are the terms "leukoplakia" and "erythroplakia," which refer to white and red lesions, respectively, which cannot be attributed to any specific disease process. The designation "desquamative" refers to the separation of the epithelium from the connective tissue.

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